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    Buried in a corn-shaped coffin

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 20, 2015

    If you are a corn grower busy planting the crop now, you don't have time today to think about estate planning and preparing ahead for the inevitable day when you'll be buried. Looking ahead, however, someone else will choose your casket for you and make a lot of other decisions if you don't do the planning while you're still around. Here's something to consider if you haven't picked out your coffin yet. How would you like to be buried in a coffin shaped like an ear of…

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    Not your grandpa's diesel

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 14, 2015

    The Iowa Biodiesel Board held its annual "Biodiesel Day on the Hill" April 8 at the State Capitol in Des Moines. It's an opportunity for representatives of Iowa's biodiesel industry and soybean farmers to visit with legislators and the public about the many benefits of biodiesel. Biodiesel is an advanced renewable fuel made from agricultural byproducts and coproducts such as soybean oil, corn oil and animal fat. This was the first time for a biodiesel Ride-and-Drive at the…

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    Sides are lining up in battle over water quality

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 6, 2015

    The three northwest Iowa counties and their drainage districts the Des Moines Water Works is suing over water quality issues could get some help in this legal battle. The Iowa Drainage Districts Association said last week it is asking approximately 40 counties and 20 companies to join the three counties' effort in defending themselves against the lawsuit. The Iowa Farm Bureau is also assessing how it can best help in the fight. This all started in January when Des Moines Water Works…

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    Congratulations on a job well done

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 30, 2015

    To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2014-15 were recognized at the recent March 2015 IAEA meeting. "We had winners in 10 of the 14 categories," says Gary…

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    Water Works lawsuit will slow progress on water quality

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 25, 2015

    Collaboration, not litigation, is the key to continued gains in improving water quality, says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. He spoke about the lawsuit the Des Moines Water Works recently filed against drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties. I sat next to him during lunch last Thursday at our 2015 Iowa Master Farmer Awards Day in Des Moines and asked questions. About 200 people attended, including past winners from around the state and other people who came to honor…

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    Historic water quality lawsuit on tap in Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 16, 2015

    On Tuesday, March 10 the Des Moines Water Works board of trustees voted unanimously to file an unprecedented lawsuit that will challenge whether drainage districts are nonpoint sources of pollution under the federal Clean Water Act. Depending on how far along it gets and what the courts decide, the suit could affect drainage districts across the state and nationwide. Two months ago, the board gave 60 days' notice to county boards of supervisors in three counties in northwest Iowa: Calhoun…

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    Targets of Des Moines Water Works lawsuit threat get some help

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 9, 2015

    Three counties in northwest Iowa that the Des Moines Water Works is threatening to sue will get some of the $1.4 million in state soil and water conservation funding announced March 4 by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The money will be used to help address problems with loss of nutrients from farm fields, such as nitrates entering streams and rivers. The three counties being threatened by the lawsuit are Calhoun, Sac and Buena Vista. The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land…

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    Iowa Ag Summit attracting national attention

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 4, 2015

    The first-ever agricultural forum for wannabe U.S. presidential candidates is set for March 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. With a strong lineup of speakers, the event will offer Iowa Caucus voters a chance to hear the candidates' views on key farm and agriculture issues. The forum is also a way to prompt presidential candidates to learn more about important ag issues and how government policies affect farmers and the rural economy. A dozen potential presidential candidates…

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    Don't miss "Iowa's Century Farms" IPTV documentary

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 27, 2015

    Viewers can tune-in to Iowa Public Television March 3 at 7 p.m. to see the new documentary "Iowa's Century Farms." It will be repeated March 8 at 11:30 a.m. The program examines the resilience of Iowa's century farm families and the ways in which they've been able to continue their agricultural traditions for generations to come. "There is a sense of pride in farming land that has been in a family for generation after generation, 100 years or more in some very…

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    What farmers learned at Iowa Soybean Research Conference

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 22, 2015

    Managing resources more effectively during the current economic downturn in agriculture was on the mind of farmer Morey Hill at the Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference last Thursday in Ames. Hill grows soybeans and corn near Madrid in central Iowa. He was joined by more than 550 farmers, agronomists and project partners at the annual event. "I want to determine optimum planting populations to maximize profitability," he said. "You just can't throw seed out there and…

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    Viewing the ag landscape at Iowa Power Farming Show

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 15, 2015

    When you're only four years old getting a good look at what's going on at the Iowa Power Farming Show can be a challenge. Lots of tall people around you as the crowd is looking at the many displays and the big machinery. Little Ella Helland saw the show last week with her dad, Dustin Helland, and grandpa Charles, who farm at Huxley. She got a good view. When I talked to the Hellands at the New Holland exhibit, she was perched atop her dad's shoulders, so she could see it…

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    Can Iowa avoid water quality lawsuit?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 6, 2015

    The potential lawsuit the Des Moines Water Works intends to file against the county boards of supervisors in three counties in northwest Iowa over recently high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River is catching national attention. Des Moines Water Works officials say drainage districts in Calhoun, Sac and Buena Vista counties aren't doing enough to keep nitrates in the fields, as tile lines drain into streams and rivers. The suit, if it is indeed filed in court, would seek to regulate tile…

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    Educating presidential contenders about renewable fuels

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 26, 2015

    If potential candidates for U.S. president want to win the state's voters next year in the 2016 Iowa caucuses, they should make it clear right now that they support ethanol production in a big way. That's the message Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other Iowa leaders are telling the contenders who are visiting the state, exploring their presidential possibilities. "We're not going to pre-judge any of the candidates from either party," the governor said at a January 22 press…

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    Des Moines Water Works Intends To Sue Over High Nitrates

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 16, 2015

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he strongly opposes the plan by the Des Moines Water Works to file a federal lawsuit against three rural counties over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River. He says the matter should be resolved by a collaborative approach. When asked if rural Iowa is going to war with Des Moines over water quality, Branstad said, "I would put it the other way around. Des Moines has declared war on rural Iowa. Instead of filing a lawsuit, Des Moines officials should sit…

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    Iowa Soybean Association Marks 50 Years

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 8, 2015

    The Iowa Soybean Association marked its 50-year anniversary at its 2014 symposium and award recognition banquet in December in Des Moines. Tom Oswald, a northwest Iowa farmer from Cleghorn and long-time active member, presided over the gathering as ISA's current president. "To serve as president on the 50th anniversary is indeed an honor," he said. "We owe a lot to the soybean farmers who formed this organization and held the very first meeting in 1964 and to many others who…

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    What's Ahead For Iowa Farm Income In 2015?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on January 1, 2015

    Cattle and hog producers saw record prices in 2014, while corn and soybean growers saw record yields. Corn and soybean prices, however, took a tumble. The net result was a decline in crop income for Iowa farmers somewhere around $2.6 billion, based on year-end pricing. That's how 2014 compared with 2013. What's ahead for 2015? Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart and his colleague, ISU livestock economist Lee Schulz, are discussing the prospects at farmer meetings this…

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    Thaw In Cuba Policy Could Aid U.S. Agriculture

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 21, 2014

    I have a long-time friend who is originally from Cuba. As a child, he escaped with his family from that communist nation years ago, and eventually earned an ag degree from Iowa State University and became a U.S. citizen. Life in that small island country, only 90 miles from the coast of Florida, has always been rough. The long-time reign of dictator Fidel Castro kept Cubans poor. Ever since the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis five decades ago the U.S. hasn't had diplomatic relations with…

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    Iowans Voice Concerns About Proposed Oil Pipeline's Impact

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 14, 2014

    Since December 1, hundreds of Iowans have turned out for a series of public meetings being held across Iowa by Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas company wanting to build a 1,100 mile pipeline to carry crude oil from North Dakota to southern Illinois. The $3.78 billion Dakota Access pipeline would transport 450,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, crossing 18 counties in Iowa. The 30-inch diameter underground pipeline would enter Iowa's northwest corner and…

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    New John Deere Museum Opens In Waterloo

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 7, 2014

    The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa opened its doors to the public December 2 with a focus on engaging visitors in the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere, especially in Iowa's Cedar Valley. Located in downtown Waterloo on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, the museum exhibits highlight the rich history and dynamic growth of the tractor business at John Deere, which today is the world's largest provider of…

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    Meetings Scheduled On Proposed Oil Pipeline Across Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 26, 2014

    A Texas-based company that wants to build a new oil pipeline which would stretch diagonally across Iowa from northwest to southeast, through 18 counties, has scheduled information meetings to begin December 1 and lasting through December 16. The meetings will be held in the affected counties. The Texas firm, Energy Transfer Partners or ETP, has filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board for permission to contact landowners and hold the information meetings. This initial filing established…

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    "Technology Will Change How Dairy Cows Are Fed"

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 18, 2014

    Kemin Industries broke ground in early November to start construction of a new $17 million feed ingredient manufacturing facility in southeast Des Moines. The state-of-the-art plant will focus on the bioscience company's production of encapsulated amino acids used in livestock feed to increase animal production and efficiency. FFA students from Ballard High School at Huxley were present; they brought some dairy heifers along, which were part of the display. The kids and the cows really…

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    The Only Iowa-Born President

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 11, 2014

    Saturday, October 25, 2014 was the 50th anniversary of President Herbert Hoover's funeral in his boyhood home of West Branch, Iowa. Born into a Quaker family, Hoover went on to become the 31st President of the United States. Hoover is the only Iowa-born U.S. President, and the first to be born west of the Mississippi River. He is also one of Iowa's and the world's greatest humanitarian heroes, whose famine-relief efforts in World War I and again in World War II are credited with…

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    Iowa Election Winners Now Face Task Of Governing

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on November 6, 2014

    The November 4 election made history in Iowa, as Republican Joni Ernst defeated Democrat Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate. When she takes office in January, Ernst will become Iowa's first female U.S. Senator, and the first female military veteran in the U.S. Senate. She claimed victory with 52% of the vote Tuesday night in a contentious race that was fueled by big money. For the past 5 months the Ernst vs. Braley battle made history as Iowa's most expensive race ever. All totaled more…

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    Donated Grain Rescue Tubes Will Save Lives

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 28, 2014

    Getting stuck in a bin of flowing grain is usually a death sentence, and fall harvest is a time when farmers and their helpers are getting in and out of bins as they work to get the crop dried and stored. Be careful. Local fire departments and first responder units are called to farms and grain elevators to rescue people who are entrapped. But the rescuers need to have the necessary equipment to get the person that's trapped in the grain out safe and sound. Several rural fire departments…

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    Ebola, ISIS And Efforts To Avoid Hunger Crisis

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 22, 2014

    Experts on the topic of agriculture and hunger from around the world gathered in Des Moines last week for the 2014 version of the annual World Food Prize "Borlaug Dialogue" symposium. This year's theme: Can the world sustainably feed its projected population of 9 billion people by the year 2050? The reports the experts gave show the world faces big challenges to reach that goal. Global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected demand. Unless…

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    Global Youth Institute, Held In Iowa, Marks 20th Anniversary

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 14, 2014

    Iowa this week is hosting 160 extraordinary high school students from 24 U.S. states and territories, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco and Nigeria. They are delegates to the 20th Anniversary Global Youth Institute. The annual event, sponsored by the World Food Prize, is taking place Oct. 16-18 in Des Moines. The students will interact with World Food Prize Laureates and the 1,500 global leaders and experts from over 65 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual…

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    Iowa Leaders Tell EPA: "Ditch The Water Rule"

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 7, 2014

    Last week Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad held a special roundtable meeting in Des Moines attended by the state's ag, business and government agency leaders. They discussed WOTUS -- the proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule being pushed for by officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Representatives from 20 organizations took part and gave their view at the Iowa roundtable. They represented agriculture, economic development, conservation, home building, utilities, drainage…

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    Iowan Sows Seeds Of Hope For Easing World Tensions

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 30, 2014

    Kenneth M. Quinn of Des Moines is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and ambassador, and is now president of the World Food Prize Foundation headquartered here. He recently returned from an unprecedented speaking engagement in Iran. He was invited to speak at a conference organized by the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran and took part in the Crop Science Congress of Iran and the Iranian Seed Science Conference. The Iran visit continues a series of events Quinn has…

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    Donations From Iowa Youth Benefit Food Pantries

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 23, 2014

    At the recent 2014 Farm Progress Show at Boone in central Iowa, Monsanto partnered with Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to sponsor the sixth annual America's Farmers Food Drive. The drive collected 6,847 pounds of food to donate to food pantries in the Boone area. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs from across the state were asked to join the cause, and 52 of those chapters and clubs responded to the challenge. FFA and 4-H members who brought canned goods and other food items…

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    Clarke County Becomes A Home Base Iowa Community

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 17, 2014

    At a ceremony in Osceola, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently congratulated Clarke County, located in southern Iowa, on achieving its Home Base Iowa Community designation. Clarke County is one of only three counties statewide to secure this title, the others are Greene and Howard counties. Home Base Iowa is a state program that seeks to get military veterans to return to Iowa after serving in the military, by matching them with jobs and providing other tax and financial incentives. Home…

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    Fuel Of The Future: Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 8, 2014

    Last week, Poet-DSM held a grand opening of its $275 million cellulosic ethanol facility in Emmetsburg, a facility that will eventually produce 25 million gallons of renewable fuel annually from corncobs, husks and stalks. The event drew an estimated 3,000 guests including King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The plant is named Project Liberty as it promises to deliver a form of energy that will help…

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    Branstad: EPA Doing "Real Damage" To Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 1, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency's delay in setting the Renewable Fuel Standard is contributing to low corn prices, hurting Iowa's economy and costing jobs. "Farmers aren't buying equipment and John Deere is laying people off," Gov. Terry Branstad told reporters at the 2014 Farm Progress Show last week near Boone. "What EPA has done is not only damage farm income but the agency's indecisiveness has cost Iowa jobs in farm machinery and…

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    Ask Bill Northey About Nutrient Reduction Practices He Uses

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 22, 2014

    Farmers who visit Iowa State University's exhibit at the 2014 Farm Progress Show can talk to farmers who are practicing ways to improve water quality— including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The show is Aug. 26-28 at Boone and you'll get a bird's-eye view of select Iowa farms and a chance to visit with farmers who use cover crops, conservation tillage, no-till and other practices friendly to the environment. Visitors to the Iowa State tent can create a scenario…

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    Iowa State Fair Connects Farmers And Consumers

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 15, 2014

    The relationship between farmers and consumers is being showcased at the Iowa State Fair this year. A gigantic sculpture, created from more than 50 tons of sand, tells the "story of food and farming" to thousands of visitors to the 2014 fair, which ends August 17 after a 10-day run. The Iowa Soybean Association and other farm and food groups that make up the Iowa Food & Family Project are sponsoring the sculpture. Located in the Varied Industries Building, the artwork was…

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    Food Fight With Russia May Be Just The Beginning

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 8, 2014

    Russian president Vladimir Putin's announcement this week that he's banning many of his nation's agricultural imports from the U.S., European Union, Canada and Ukraine is significant. It shows that Putin is willing to move troops into Ukraine whenever he is ready— at the sacrifice of his own people. The ban will raise food prices in Russia, it limits their access to the ag products they want and it discourages free trade. "Using food as a weapon isn't the way to feed…

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    Grassroots Group Continues Effort To Block Big Power Line

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 1, 2014

    One year ago a group of farmers and landowners formed the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance, opposing a Texas company's plan to build a high voltage power line across Iowa. The line, if built, would carry electricity generated by wind turbines in northwest Iowa to near the Chicago area, approximately a 500-mile stretch. None of the electricity would be used in Iowa. Thousands of acres, mostly privately owned farmland, are in the path of the proposed line -- the Rock Island Clean Line…

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    What's Holding Up EPA Decision On RFS?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 25, 2014

    We're nearly seven full months into 2014, and the amount of ethanol that is supposed to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply this year still has not been announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA is required by law to finalize the annual blending requirements for the RFS for the following year by Nov. 30, a deadline the agency hasn't met since 2011. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said in May the agency was reviewing more than 200,000 comments on its…

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    Farming Is Good Fit For Military Veterans Returning To Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 18, 2014

    If you are a military veteran interested in farming or a career in agriculture, plan to attend the Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans July 25-26 at Drake University in Des Moines. Drake University Law School is partnering with the Iowa Farmer Veteran Coalition to host the two-day event. Sponsored by USDA and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, it's free and open to the public but you need to register. You do that at…

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    Iowa Has Its First Gallon Of Cellulosic Ethanol

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 11, 2014

    The first ever gallons of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol produced in Iowa flowed from Quad County Corn Processor's distillation unit on July 1. This marked the commissioning of the farmer-owned ethanol plant's Adding Cellulosic Ethanol or ACE project, a new "bolt-on" process that adds the capability to convert the kernel's corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol, in addition to traditional corn starch ethanol. "Through hard work and forward-thinking innovation…

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    Ready For Radishes?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on June 27, 2014

    A few years ago, before cover cropping came on the scene here in corn-soybean country, if you'd have told me Iowa farmers would be planting fields and fields of radishes, I would have looked at you funny. Mark Korte, a farmer in Pocahontas County in northwest Iowa, gives this simple explanation for planting 500 acres of radishes last summer. "I wanted to try them, as a cover crop," he says. "I'd read about radishes for quite a while. When we had to use prevented planting…

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    Progress Starts When You Build A Road

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on June 16, 2014

    An Iowan who has worked to secure honors for others is now being recognized himself. Ken Quinn, former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia and current president of the World Food Prize Foundation, received the Iowa Award, the state's highest citizen honor, on May 30. Gov. Terry Branstad presented the award in a ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. Branstad, along with other speakers, heaped praise upon Quinn, who is the 23rd Iowan to win the award. Established in…

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    PEDV Dominates Discussion At World Pork Expo

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on June 8, 2014

    I visited the World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines this week for only two hours. But no matter who you talked to or conversations you overheard, the topic that kept coming up was PEDV—Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. During the past year this devastating disease (new to the U.S.) has killed an estimated 7 to 8 million baby pigs nationwide. It has spread like wildfire through many hog herds since first showing up in this country in May 2013. That's when it was…

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    Ushering In A New Era For Soil Conservation

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 30, 2014

    USDA earlier this week announced the launch of what Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calls "a new era in American conservation efforts" with a vigorous focus on public-private partnership. "This is an entirely new approach to soil and water conservation," Vilsack said in a May 27 telephone press conference. "We're giving private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in what are essentially clean water start-up…

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    Climate Change Stirs Emotions

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 25, 2014

    The increased incidence of weather extremes in recent years is a hot topic these days. Last winter Wallaces Farmer ran an article "Is climate change for real?" Phone calls and emails followed from readers saying the evidence is mounting that climate change is occurring and it is indeed real. They took that WF article to task for quoting an expert who cites long-term weather trends suggesting it might not be real. They said he is a "highly biased person for the fossil fuel…

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    Iowa Renewable Fuel Supporters Get Word To Biden

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 17, 2014

    In response to news coverage claiming U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played an instrumental role in the Obama Administration's proposal to gut America's Renewable Fuel Standard, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on May 15 joined dozens of Iowa agriculture and renewable fuels leaders in submitting a letter to Biden requesting a meeting and urging him to revisit the issue. Reminding Vice President Biden that he "campaigned in Iowa in 2007 and 2008 as a strong champion of the…

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    Iowa Youth Institute Is Growing Rapidly

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 9, 2014

    The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University has more than tripled in size in three years. This year's event April 14 on the ISU campus in Ames drew 230 high school students and 120 teachers from across Iowa to explore critical global issues and academic and career paths in the fields of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math: the STEM areas of study. A highlight of the day-long event was the opportunity for attendees to hear from 2010 World Food Prize…

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    Agriculture Unfairly Blamed For Global Warming

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on May 2, 2014

    Climate change poses a real challenge for farmers trying to feed and fuel a growing population, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, speaking last week at Drake University in Des Moines. But the former Iowa governor dismissed the idea that mandatory emission regulations should be forced on farmers. Other speakers at the climate change forum held at Drake said regulations are needed to limit greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions. The public forum, sponsored by the New Republic, the…

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